Yoga Pose of the Month: Ustrasana (aka Camel Pose)

Ustrasana: Camel PoseThe winter season is often a time of increased Kapha dosha, causing symptoms such as coldness, congestion, depression, stagnation and heaviness.  Therefore it is only fitting to choose a Yoga pose that will help to balance some of these common wintertime Kapha issues.  Ustrasana, translated as camel pose,  is a great choice, as it is well known for its ability to increase circulation, warmth and digestion while removing heaviness and fatigue.  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Facial Diagnosis: What are the Lines on your Face Revealing about your Health?

Although they say you should not judge a book by its cover, it is true that you can read a lot into one’s health by examining the lines on their face.  In Ayurveda, facial diagnosis is a common practice and powerful diagnostic tool, just as reading the tongue, nails and pulse.  Often this is done as a complimentary practice to confirm ideas and findings, but also can reveal hidden secrets that may not have been so clear.  By reading the lines on a person’s face, one can reveal current disorders, past history of disorders, or even potential disorders to come.  Since the lines do not tend to appear overnight, these telltale signs are often revealing chronic (long-term) issues such as malabsorption, low liver energy, weakness in the kidneys, adrenal fatigue and even emotional disturbances such as unresolved grief. Continue reading »

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Trikatu Churna: A Traditional Ayurvedic Formula for Weight Loss, Sluggish Digestion and Congestion (aka Kapha Imbalance)

Trikatu Churna is a well known Ayurvedic formula used both as a dietary spice as well as herbal medicine.  Translated, Trikatu is called the “three pungents” (meaning hot or spicy), and of course for very good reason.  Being extremely hot by nature, this formula is often used to stimulate the digestion (Agni) and metabolism, increase circulation, burn toxins, remove congestion, reduce inflammation and treat many respiratory disorders.  Therefore Trikatu is mostly used for Kapha imbalances, and equally avoided for most Pitta disorders.    Continue reading »

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How to Give Up your Daily Coffee Habit with Ayurveda

If you are like most individuals, giving up your daily coffee habit is not an easy task to accomplish.  Of course there is the physical addiction and dependency that the caffeine creates, the mentally addictive aspect, and simply the ritual around drinking that warm cup each morning to start your day.  Even the aroma of coffee may spark your nostalgic desire for this all too popular beverage.  With all of these factors, along with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that can last 7-14 days on average, it is no wonder why giving up coffee is such a hard goal to tackle (and unfortunately often failed). Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

healthy holiday tipsHolidays are a special time of year for family, friends and celebration.  Unfortunately it also can be a time for over-eating, over-drinking, over-working and over-stressing.  Between the endless shopping adventures, traveling, pot-lucks and parties; one is likely to spiral themselves into a season of out-of-control food, drink and stress binge.  Continue reading »

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Winter Spiced Sweet Potato Muffin Recipe

sweet potato muffin recipeHave you been looking for a healthy treat to bring to your holiday pot luck or just a healthy snack to have around the home for you and your family?  Well here is a recipe that combines the comfort and deliciousness of two of my favorite winter treats, muffins and sweet potatoes.  With the help of Ayurveda this recipe becomes even more healing as we add in some warming digestive spices, organic ghee, whole grain flour and a small amount of maple syrup (no sugar needed!).  Perfect with a cup of caffeine-free Chai tea, this recipe can easily become a fall and winter favorite!!      Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Sleep Report Part 5: Ayurvedic Treatment for a Pitta Sleep Disorder

pitta-sleepMoving onto Part 5 of this series, we find ourselves looking more in depth into a sleep disorder that is caused by increased Pitta (fire) in the system.  Although most sleep disorders have some component of a Vata imbalance related to them, this is not always the main dosha at hand.  A pitta sleep disorder is often characterized by increased heat in the system, inflammation, anger, irritability, hyper-metabolism, low blood sugar, overworking and/or excessive critical thinking.  Therefore in order to provide effective treatment to this type of sleep disorder, we must balance out the overactive fire in both the body and mind. Continue reading »

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